The moment you take the steering wheel, that’s when the magic begins. When you become the driver of your consciousness, instead of the passenger.
The Real Magic Taking Back the Wheel
Step one is finding out who is it that is in control? Who is behind the wheel, is it the Ego or the Observer? You need to understand that our thoughts and emotions are byproducts of the mind. You are not a byproduct. The “real you” is the one who experiences the mind. This is the Observer.
The observer is the person who is listening when we are talking to ourselves in our head. Our mind is the home of our personality and instincts. We refer to this as our Ego. These are mechanisms of the mind necessary to connect us with consciousness.
Moving From Passenger to Driver
If the Observer is in the driver’s seat, then we are in connection with “source”. Our source is what some traditions call the spirit or soul. The modern world ignores our spiritual needs.
When we are behind the steering wheel, we can observe and direct our lives. We are fully present. And we can connect more directly with “source.” Our source is pure consciousness. When we live grounded in “source” our intellect and intuition work together.
We can find the optimal balance for our gifts. That’s when the real magic of life reveals itself. Synchronistic events are all around us. Connecting with source helps us recognize these events and their messages. We get support in unexpected ways.
The problem arises when we are a passenger in our lives. We become obsessed with our thoughts and emotions to the extent that we believe we are them. We lose connection with our source fixated by our personality. When we live in this state, we are not behind the wheel. We are a passenger. We are on autopilot.
The mechanisms of the mind, personality, and instinct are in control of the wheel. With our mind driving, we react instead of thinking. We behave in ways we would not have intended. The full range of the experience of life is missing. There is no magic in life. It becomes mindless and boring.
When you are not behind the wheel, it feels like you are being ambushed by your thoughts and emotions. They seem to come out of nowhere. The mind presents a continual cascade of thoughts you can’t control. Sometimes you can’t shut them off long enough to sleep.
This makes it difficult to meditate or feel fully present. These are symptoms of life on autopilot. Unfortunately, it’s far too common. In this situation, the temporal elements of Ego control thinking. You are not behind the steering wheel. You are a passenger.
How to Take Back the Wheel!
There are two ways to move from the passenger to the driver. The first way is the analytical approach. The second is through a direct experience of the transcendent.
An analytical understanding helps us see the observer. It stays in the background behind the personality. Meditation allows us to experience the Observer. Then, we can learn to bring this presence into waking consciousness. Both approaches will lead us to a magical experience. That’s when the real magic begins.
The first step of this approach is understanding the components of the mind. The mind connects our body to consciousness using our Ego. The Ego is the home of our personality and instincts. These are the default tools of awareness. We need to learn to use them instead of letting them be in control.
So, why are personality and instincts in control in the first place? When we are born we are learning about ourselves and our world. We need a simple interface to help us connect our consciousness to our bodies. The problem as we’ve stated before is that we can get “stuck” in this default mode of operation. This why many people feel like they are missing something. They exist but don’t live.
Analytical insight gives us the perspective to reach the magical state of awareness. The best tool we’ve found for this is the Enneagram Personality Profile. This process uses a set of questions. These will identify your personality makeup and instinctual stack.
Many people find the results of the Enneagram paint a very accurate picture of how they think. With these tools, you can see how and why you have some thought patterns and emotional tendencies. You can “see” why you like or dislike certain things and, situations. With this perspective, you’ll begin to “observe” how your mind works. You will move behind the wheel instead of letting the mind run on autopilot.
A Direct Experience of the Infinite
Nothing is more convincing than a direct experience of the infinite. We recommend meditating using a process called known as Japa Meditation. Japa Meditation is the traditional version of Transcendental Meditation (TM). This technique is the cornerstone meditation technique for any serious spiritual explorer.
Even if you’ve had difficulty using other meditative techniques, this process will provide results. Japa uses a Sanskrit Mantra in a very specific and effortless process. A Mantra is a vibrational tool used in many forms of meditation. It uses a Mantra to travel to the source of our thoughts, bliss consciousness.
Learning Japa is easy. But, you can’t learn this process from an audiotape. The mantra needs to be tuned specifically for you. And, you need to give and receive feedback during the learning process.
Connecting with the Real Magic
A lot of things become easier once you are behind the wheel. For example, many people find they can meditate much easier now that they are in the driver’s seat. You will feel more at peace and less frantic. You will spot synchronicities and feel more aware of your intuition and thus able to make better decisions.
Your thought-life is now something you can direct for more positive outcomes. Life becomes easier and less stressful, even when things aren’t going your way. It is all because you are behind the steering wheel instead of in the passenger seat.
The real magic is something you can experience in your life. Learn that you can observe, chose, and direct your thoughts and emotions. You are not at war with your ego.
If you are reading this, then you are ready to take the next steps in your spiritual journey. We use a blended learning process to deliver several spiritual technologies. The Enneagram and Japa Meditation are two of the core processes in this model.
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